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    Catherine S. completed Zapata Falls Trail

    4 days ago

    Catherine S. reviewed South Zapata Lake Trail

    4 days ago

    This lake is stunning! It sits just below Blanca Peak which was really neat. Most of the hike is through a forest but towards the end, the trail levels out in a beautiful valley just above treeline. It was cloudy and misty when we went, but the views were still incredible. I kept stopping for photos and to just marvel at how great it was. We started early in the day (on a Sunday in June) and saw very few others on the trail. This trail is somewhat challenging with a consistent uphill grade and a few steep sections, but nothing overly demanding if you are used to hiking//are in good physical shape. And it is easy to follow.

    The flowers right now are amazing--so many Columbines, more than I have ever seen on a trail before, and everything else is very green. Highly recommend if you are in the area!

    Catherine S. saved Sand Dune Pool

    16 days ago

    Catherine S. added Nicole

    18 days ago

    Catherine S. reviewed North Mount Elbert Trail

    24 days ago

    For anyone wondering about conditions--trail is almost entirely free of snow and completely doable in regular hiking boots! Check 14ers.com always for the latest conditions on any peak.

    Took just over 3.5 hours to reach the summit last Sunday, cold and windy at the top as expected but the whole hike has absolutely stunning views and the top is beyond incredible.

    Catherine S. completed South Colony Lakes Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Catherine S. completed South Boulder Peak Trail

    2 months ago

    Catherine S. completed Bear Peak Trail

    2 months ago

    Catherine S. reviewed Twin Sisters Peak Trail

    4 months ago

    Hiked Sunday 2.25.18

    Snow is ankle-deep until the landslide, then begins to deepen. Having only brought microspikes (and knowing that I might have to turn around because of this), I continued 2/3 of the way up the trail before turning around due to postholing up to my knees in places. Snowshoes would be optimal. Good route-finding skills and a map are essential this time of year--I nearly lost the trail a few times in the switchbacks due to snow obscuring the trail's clarity.

    I was the only one there this morning and the quiet trek through the snowy woods was beautiful, especially when the sun came out and splashed through the pines to illuminate the forest. Definitely looking forward to returning either with snowshoes or in the summer.

    Additionally, with the snow cover at least, the portion of this trail I completed I would rate as only moderate at most.

    Catherine S. completed Twin Sisters Peak Trail

    4 months ago

    Catherine S. added Close to Denver

    5 months ago

    Catherine S. saved Lion Lake Trail

    8 months ago

    Catherine S. reviewed Trail Ridge Road

    8 months ago

    Catherine S. completed Painted Wall View Trail

    8 months ago

    Catherine S. completed Trail Ridge Road

    8 months ago

    Catherine S. reviewed Mount Bierstadt Trail

    9 months ago

    Catherine S. completed Mount Bierstadt Trail

    9 months ago

    Catherine S. reviewed Quandary Peak Trail

    10 months ago

    Catherine S. completed Quandary Peak Trail

    10 months ago

    Catherine S. saved Quandary Peak Trail

    10 months ago

    Catherine S. reviewed Crystal Lakes Trail

    11 months ago

    Hiked Sunday August 6th

    Past Lawn Lake, a level and narrow unimproved trail meanders through forest. It is easy to follow, but we did have to wade through bushes (often head-height) on several occasions and navigate wet patches. The trail begins to climb once on the far side of the lake, and the muddy, bushy sections continue as the trail heads for treeline. Definitely recommend wearing pants and long sleeves if you don't already. It passes some lovely waterfalls and scores of wildflowers and affords great views of the peaks to the north. Once well above treeline, it switchbacks once to the right and reaches the Saddle/Crystal Lakes split, marked by a sign. We continued up to the Saddle first, and detoured to Crystal Lakes on our way back down.

    It is a short and relatively easy half-mile to Crystal Lakes left from the junction. The trail heads downhill and through some bushes and rises again as it approaches Little Crystal Lake. The trail then skirts the left side of the small lake and continues on a somewhat rocky trail down to Big Crystal Lake. The vantage point where the trail ends is already good, but some rock hopping allowed us to sit on a large boulder out from the shore. It was close to noon by this time, and still we saw only two others at Little Crystal Lake and no others at the larger lake. It was not windy or cold, but storm clouds were beginning to roll in, so we headed down soon after arriving. Passed many more people still heading up the trail when we left, mostly between Lawn Lake and the TH. We also saw two bull moose in some tall grasses on the side of the trail above treeline.

    Note that the distance to the larger lake is actually about 16 miles RT.

    Crystal Lakes might have become one of my new favorite areas in the park—just absolutely beautiful and much more secluded than many other destinations.

    Catherine S. completed Crystal Lakes Trail

    11 months ago

    Catherine S. completed Green Mountain Loop

    11 months ago

    Catherine S. reviewed The Saddle Trail

    11 months ago

    Hiked Sunday 8/6/17

    One-Way Distance from Lawn Lake TH: 8.6 miles

    To the east of Lawn Lake, a level and narrow unimproved trail meanders through the forest. It is easy to follow, but we did have to wade through bushes (often head-height) on several occasions and navigate wet patches. The trail begins to climb once on the far side of the lake, and the muddy, bushy sections continue as the trail heads for treeline. Definitely recommend wearing pants and long sleeves. It passes some lovely waterfalls and scores of wildflowers and affords great views of the peaks to the north. Once well above treeline, it switchbacks once to the right and reaches the Saddle/Crystal Lakes split, marked by a sign. We continued up to the Saddle first. This trail initially consists of several log stairs that gradually become more spaced out before disappearing altogether. The narrow trail is clear and only somewhat rocky, but is generally steeper than the trail to Lawn Lake. Soon after the split, you can see both of the Crystal Lakes below. The final pitch, either way ascended, is steep and loose and lacks switchbacks. Past the crux, the grade lessens a bit and you’ll reach the broad Saddle after a little more climbing.

    The trail past the split is incredibly beautiful—you'll find yourself in a gorgeous alpine valley complete with wide expanses of tundra, wildflowers of all colors, waterfalls, views of the high peaks and their snowy couloirs, and only the sounds of distant water, wind, and chirping birds to be heard. Also saw many marmots, and two bull moose in the tall grasses right around treeline on the trip down. The Saddle itself is quite expansive and is covered in tundra grasses and flowers. The official trail ends, but we explored all around and found a rock outcropping to the NW that afforded great views of the Comanche Peaks Wilderness. The views of the talus slopes up 13ers Fairchild Mountain and Hagues Peak are quite impressive as well. In contrast to the ascent up, the top itself was very windy and thus quite cold even in the complete sunshine. Bring a windbreaker, hat, and perhaps gloves as well if you plan to stay and explore as we did. No other humans in sight the entire time — the tranquility was incredible. Highly recommend.

    Catherine S. completed The Saddle Trail

    11 months ago

    Catherine S. reviewed Lawn Lake Trail

    11 months ago

    Hiked Sunday 8/6/17

    The trail initially switchbacks then straightens along the side of a ridge with views of Horseshoe Park to the south and then levels for a couple miles along the banks of Roaring River before turning deeper into the forest and gradually climbing again on a rockier trail, later curving back nearer to the river before reaching Lawn Lake. It was nice to hear the sound of the water tumbling over the rocks for much of the hike. The trail is muddy in places but never deep, and was nearly entirely shaded during the morning’s ascent, but a few sections of the trail were sunny and warm in the afternoon on the way down. Along the trail, you can enjoy occasional views of the surrounding peaks, cascades along Roaring River, and the quiet of a dense forest. Lawn Lake itself is large and open and has a somewhat sandy shore—no scramble up to it or rocks to maneuver around to reach it. The trail not strenuous and we reached Lawn Lake in 2.25 hours, leaving the TH around 6:45 AM and arriving at 9:00 AM. We were the only ones at the lake at that time and encountered no others ascending the trail—only a few campers returning to the TH. We then continued onto The Saddle and Crystal Lakes (see respective AllTrails pages).

    Catherine S. completed Lawn Lake Trail

    11 months ago

    Catherine S. reviewed Chasm Lake

    11 months ago

    Catherine S. completed Chasm Lake

    11 months ago

    Catherine S. reviewed Grays Peak Trail

    11 months ago

    Catherine S. added 14ers completed!

    11 months ago

    Catherine S. completed Grays Peak Trail

    11 months ago

    Catherine S. saved Grays Peak Trail

    11 months ago

    Catherine S. reviewed The Loch Lake Trail

    11 months ago